Copper telecom will soon disappear, so upgrading to digital infrastructure is a must. There are many options for organizations looking to make that transition. One of the most cost-effective solutions is to simply convert Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) to digital with a device like POTS in a Box…
In the next couple of years, AT&T and Verizon plan to begin sunsetting their analog telephone service. They’ll support only digital communications, and fiber will replace copper. This affects far more than a few rural, residential landlines, too.
This change is a big one, and it has longstanding implications for major organizations like credit unions. In fact, your credit union should have a plan for updating analog telecom with digital channels. The time is coming soon.
In 2017, the FCC gave the go-ahead to telecom providers to sunset their Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines. In many states, the change has already begun. In others, the retirement of copper lines is just around the corner.
AT&T and Verizon have plans to discontinue support for POTS lines across much of the country in the next few years. And if you think this only affects residential landlines, you’d be very wrong. This change impacts many larger organizations like hotels, government buildings, and financial institutions.
Not only that, but this affects more than just landlines. Fire and burglar alarms, faxes, elevators, and point of sale (POS) solutions also run on copper. Converting analog to digital communications infrastructures is a big deal.
So, there are a few ways to deal with this POTS line sunset. Without going too deep into detail, here are three options.